Nestlé unveils plans to achieve water positive impact by 2025, debuts new Middle Eastern-inspired food brand

SWITZERLAND – Nestlé Waters has unveiled a new plan to achieve water positive impact by 2025 in an effort to improve the sustainability profile of its water brands and prevent unending hostility towards its water bottling operations.   Under the new plan, Nestlé Waters has committed to collaborate with partners to identify and support local solutions that will help regenerate the ecosystems in the areas around each of Nestlé Waters’ 48 sites.   As of 2025, Nestlé hopes that its new activities will help nature retain more water than the business uses in its operations, giving it the highly coveted…

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Naivas stretches its reach further in Kenya, Shoprite pleads to vaccinate its front-line workers

KENYA – Naivas Supermarket, Kenya’s largest locally owned retail store has announced plans of opening new branches in Githurai 44 and Kisumu, as it seeks to strengthen its hold as a top retailer in the country. The Githurai outlet, set to be opened before end of July will be situated on Kamiti Road, targeting hundreds of shoppers around the region. Meanwhile, the Kisumu branch will be opened at Simba Club Hall, next to United Mall targeting hundreds of shoppers around the region. The new outlets will be Naivas’ 74th  and…

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Food processing, packaging stage account for nearly half of food losses registered in South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Nearly between one third to half of all food produced globally for human consumption, is lost or wasted due to inefficiencies along the food value chain. This gives rise to economic, social and environmental impacts amounting to US$940 billion, according to a report authored on behalf of Champions. A recent study by CSIR, estimates food losses and waste in South Africa amounts to nearly 10.3 million tonnes per annum. This is in the same order of magnitude of previous estimates stipulated in 2013 which was 10.2 million…

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Africa’s milling sector continues to take shape, registering rise in number of players

The milling industry is a traditional sector that for generations has been content to create its products in time-honoured fashion. In Africa, the sector has gradually metamorphosed into a booming economic segment, leading to consolidation among the bigger players and the launch of new and independent outfits.

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Convenience, sustainability concern inform innovations in snack food packaging

Snack food packaging has evolved over the years to align with consumer demands for greater convenience, reliable containment, and sustained freshness. Suppliers of snack food packages have also been forced to innovate in order to meet recyclability and sustainability goals of major snack manufacturers.

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Nigerian manufacturing giant Mamuda Group diversifies operation with commissioning of new beverage unit

NIGERIA – Mamuda Group, one of Nigeria’s leading diversified manufacturing conglomerate, has introduced a new carbonated soft beverage drink in the market dubbed Pop Cola. The new offering is produced at the company’s newly commissioned factory in Kano State, Northern Nigeria. The inauguration of the manufacturing giant’s new subsidiary, Mamuda Beverages Limited, is a testament to its commitment to the Nigerian economy as it diversifies its operations from manufacture of agriculture products packaging, snack processing, leather tanning, alongside operation of power plants. The official opening of the factory comes months…

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Coca-Cola HBC to expand product offering in new deal with Italian coffee firm Caffè Vergnano

ITALY – Coca-Cola HBC also known as Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company has agreed to acquire a 30% minority stake in Italian coffee company, Casa Del Caffè Vergnano, for an undisclosed sum.  Headquartered in Santena, Caffè Vergnano is described as one of the oldest coffee roasters in Italy with roots dating back to 1882.  Caffè Vergnano’s boasts of a range of diverse products including traditional espresso in various blends, packages, and formats such as beans, roast, and ground coffee and single portioned pods.  In 2020, Caffè Vergnano reportedly sold approximately 7,000 tons of coffee in more than 90 countries worldwide.  CC Beverages Holdings II…

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